News/Opinion
‹‹ Alibi V.20 No.27 • July 7-13, 2011

Get Out!

Stuck in the 505 With You

Fires to the north of me, fires to the south, here I am

By Elizabeth W. Hughes

Sometimes New Mexico does not cooperate, and a glorious weekend in the mountains gets canceled due to a ring of fire. Instead of pouting about the change of plans, I decided to call my unexpected time off in town a “staycation” and went seeking adventures right in my own backyard, the North Valley.

I love staycations. When I lived in Austin, I took one every year during the SXSW music festival. It’s fun to spend your money on luxuries like wine, a nice dinner or a massage, while saving some cash by sleeping in your own bed. A staycation is also a good way to scope out local attractions for out-of-town guests (such as your parents) so you can confidently make a recommendation for a spa that won’t peel your stepmother’s face off.


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